Photos: Fanning the Flames of Fly-Fishing Passion

Written by: Mike Lembke, Wollaston Lake Lodge

Young River learns the satisfaction of catching a big fish on a fly you tied yourself.
Photo courtesy Wollaston Lake Lodge

Twelve-year-old River is on his second trip to Wollaston Lake Lodge this week. He loves fishing, and traveled to Canada with his father, grandfather and brother. He is quite the young man, is interested in all aspects of catching fish. Since his last visit, he has taken up fly fishing.

Fighting a big pike on a fly rod is a tough challenge for a 12-year-old.

Tying his own flies for bass and panfish at home has now advanced to pike on the fly. Using our guest fly bench, he designed and tied his own pattern for fishing the next day. Excited to see his handiwork in action, we handed him an Orvis Recon rod, and as you can see by the pictures here, he succeeded in catching some great pike. A true trophy, his first pike on the fly he tied will be a memory for life. I’m sure this won’t be his last. Teach ’em young and fan the fire. . . .

River is learning that it works best to fight a big fish off the butt section of the rod.

2 thoughts on “Photos: Fanning the Flames of Fly-Fishing Passion”

  1. Awesome!
    I had the pleasure of fishing with River yesterday and got to see first hand how he has the bug pretty bad. The passion for fly fishing will continue with this young man. We added a few brown trout on the fly to his list of accomplishments, look forward to adding more.
    Tight Lines!

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